Kadyrov admits that Chechen special forces operate in Syria

Chechen soldiers sent to Aleppo must "make contact" with the population of Syria, said the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, during TV program "Pravda Gurnova" (“Gurnov’s Truth”) on Russia's NTV TV channel.

"They not only have the theory, but also the experience. They know how to identify, know how to find a common language with the people. Based on this, they were chosen in keeping with the work that has been carried out,” he said.

According to him, before they to go to Syria, the soldiers must complete enhanced training to "keep the peace" in territory liberated from the militants.

"Tatars, Russian, Chechens - together they protect the Muslims there. They do not allow people from the various sects to quarrel between themselves," he added.

Earlier, Kadyrov announced the broadcast of a television program that will answer questions about the service of Chechens in Syria, about which "many people are currently interested in”.

In December, the media reported on the formation of battalions of Chechens to be sent to Syria, though Kadyrov denied it at the time.

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